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  The quaint town of Heidelberg is overrated
by Weissdorn

This is tourist trap number two. To be honest with you, I haven't quite figured out what the real attraction here is. Maybe it was because Mark Twain was once here, or maybe because it's a convenient bus stop right in the middle of the way between Frankfurt/M and Munich, or maybe because "Daddy" or "Grandpa" once serve time in the Army here.
It certainly can't because of the ruined castle, which was wasted in 1493 by the French during a royal family feud (not Allied bombing).
There certainly isn't much to else see, other than the quaint "student" bars that students and other mortals can no longer afford to visit.
Whatever it is that drives the North Americans and Japanese here in droves to photograph this town on the Neckar River, the city fathers are proud of it, and continue to apply more "cuteness" to the older part of town that was never there to start with. It sells well.

Unique Suggestions: The castle tour is o.k., and is not expensive (for that little what's left of it that you get to see).

If you go to eat in one of the "student" bars be prepared to pay 20-40 dollars for dinner. You might rather eat at your hotel and stick to drinking a beer at one of these bars.

Fun Alternatives: Although Heidelberg has applied to be accepted as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Landmark, it's been overlooked for several years now. For real cultural landmarks try:

The Cathedral in Aachen
The Old Town in Bamburg
The Bauhaus Workshops in Dessau and Weimer
The Museum Island in Berlin
Augustburg and Falkenlust Palaces in Brühl
The Wies Pilgrimage Church in Steingaden
The Martin Luther Memorial in Eisleben
The Rammelsberg Mine in Goslar
The Cathedral in Hildesheim
The Cathedral in Cologne
The Hanse City of Lübeck
The Monastery in Lorsch
The Monastery in Maulbronn
Sanssouci Palace in Potsdamm
The Old Town of Quendlinburg
The Monastery Island of Reichnau on Lake Constance
The Cathedral in Speyer
The Coal Mine in Essen
The Roman Porta Nigra in Trier
The Old Steel Mill in Völklinger
The Bishop's Palace in Würzburg
The Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
Goethe's Classical Weimar

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  • Updated Oct 21, 2004
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